Tuesday, August 26, 2008

LIVEBLOGGING THE SECOND NIGHT OF THE CONVENTION

I am watching the network coverage tonight of the conventions right now -- I had missed it all on Monday as I had news reporting commitments to tend to -- and boy is it ever a change.

No Peter Jennings. No Dan Rather. No Tim Russert. No Ted Koppel. And where the heck is Tom Brokaw?! Brokaw still has a job at NBC, and we're getting Brian Williams all the time right now! Where's Brokaw?!?!

I guess this really is "passing the torch to a new generation" in more ways than one.

BORING SNOOZEFEST SO FAR; CANADIAN POLITICS MORE INTERESTING

You know, this whole convention looks like a freaking Jerry Lewis Telethon so far. You get these guest speakers going up there to the podium and then they sprinkle in a few pro-Barack Obama pieces of tape, and that's basically it.

Actually, there's sudden excitement about the political situation here in frozen Canada. Stephen Harper has been doing some major sabre-rattling about calling an early election and we have learned today the Governor-General has cancelled her planned trip to Beijing, presumably so she could be ready for a visit from the Prime Minister to drop the writ.

ELVIS IS IN THE HOUSE

Woo hoo! Bill Clinton has shown up! (8:20pm)

Anyway, Harper's trying to get some sort of commitment from one of the opposition parties that they will keep his government propped up until the set election date of October 2009, but fat chance that will happen. So he's just going to pull the plug. Anyway, these are fun times in both Canada and the United States. And the good news is that after this election is over, we're going to get another Liberal leadership convention which we'll be able to cover, right here at THE CAIRNS BLOG.

Anyway, that is all for another day. Right now Hillary Clinton is due to go up to the podium and try and hit it out of the ballpark, so I'm just going to tune in to that. We're into a commercial break now, and we're getting John McCain negative ads blasting Obama and Hollywood actors on TV here. Fun stuff.

UPDATE: FINALLY, Tom Brokaw makes it onto NBC!! (8:31pm).

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